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water to rise onto the street by this evening. fleur drive from mlk jr parkway to bell avenue closed around 3 this afternoon. rush hour drivers are being directed to use southwest 9th street. the river level is expected to rise to 19.5 feet by tomorrow. causing water works to lower their flood gates and close. gray's lake is closed as well for the time being. the city says fleur drive will not open up again until this water recedes. i'm told that could be as early as saturday or sunday based on temperatures. this is the first time in a while that flooding happened so close to christmas. steve: this flooding is having a big impact on make a wish iowa's holiday fundraiser. >> the higher the water went,
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>> about a dozen members of local union 347 were racing to take down boxes and retrieve miles of chords as the raccoons raced around them. >> you get up close to it, and all of a sudden it buckles. reporter: it took dozens of union members and other volunteers three weekends to set up the electrical grid. they're trying to take down as much as they can. in one day. >> we're not going to get it all out, a few more hours and we would have been in pretty good shape but we didn't quite make it. reporter now the question how : high will the waters go? and what will be left of the elaborate light displays after it recedes? >> electrically, we're in pretty good shape. i don't know how displays are that's hard to say. mark: jolly holiday lights usually goes 6 weeks. this year, it only mode to dish made it three weeks. the presdient of make a wish
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organization that makes wishes come true for sick children, tonight at 6 we'll explain various ways you can help make up that difference. live in des moines, mark tauscheck, kcci 8 news, iowa's news leader. steve: more parks and trails are now closed due to flooding. gray's lake park, the walnut creek trail under the 63rd street bridge, the gay lea wilson trail, the principal riverwalk trail, the bill riley trail from north valley drive to water works park, the neal smith trail from penn avenue to 6th avenue, the pomerantz connector trail. the meredith trail, the des moines river trail from southeast 14th to southeast 22nd streets, and the simon estes amphitheater are all closed due to high water. stacey: parks and trails not the only closures in the metro. kcci's marcus mcintosh is live in clive with a road closure that was largely ignored. marcus: stacey, we may need to remind motorists of the old
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the road to turn around, don't drown. or, more to the point, don't ignore road closed signs. the signs were clear and visible on swanson blvd between harbach blvd and 94th st road colsed. they didn't seem to deter the motorists who took a chance and drove through the pool of water covering the street. all the rain caused the storm sewer to back up, flooding the road here. we spoke with someone who works in the area to find out how common flooding here is. but first, we had to make sure we didn't get soaked from vehicles barreling through the water. >> here comes a splasher, this guy is going to splash. where is the snow? if that is my biggest thought. it is not unciommon for this -- it is not uncommon for this road to flood. we are just not used to it flooding in the winter. marcus: we're standing in a church parking lot that now looks like a river. pass that is greenville park and greenville trail. past that is the river, walnut
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tonight at 6:00, we will show problem for someone just wanting a quiet spot to eat lunch near greenbelt park. live in clive, marcus mcintosh, kcci 8 news, iowa's news leader. stacey: people to our north dealing with high water as well. in ames, the squaw creek and skunk river were both city. lots of debris in fast moving waters. no reports yet of any closures due to flooding. and if the rain isn't enough snow also being reported in parts of the state. steve: meteorologist kurtis gertz has our first look at the forecast. sunday for you. >> -- fun day for you. >> no doubt about it. boy oh boy, i've been busy. snow in northern wisconsin. iowa. rainfall coming in over four inches in ames, three inches in waterloo.
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officially, 3.78 inches. four inches in red oak. across the state, or whole lot of rain. as a matter of fact, when you look at the statewide average for rainfall, this is the most extreme event ever for water between november 1 and march 31. a tremendous amount of rain, as we mentioned. flooding across the state. temperatures in the 30's. i think tonight we will see some fog forming. that's good news. tomorrow at 3:00 p.m., 40 five. we will see if there is more forecast. steve: an iowa state university morning in a hit and run crash near campus. kcci's vanessa peng is live where it happened. and vanessa, we now know the name of the victim, right? vanessa: steve, police just
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killed. emmalee jacobs is an 18-year-old freshman from urbana. she was hit at lincoln way and ash avenue normally a busy intersection. lots of cars and students crossing there all the time. ames police say jacobs was hit sometime between 6:30 and 7:00 this morning. an iowa state university police officer drove up to the intersection just after 7:00 and saw her lying in the middle of ash avenue. jacobs was taken to mary greeley medical center where she died from her injuries. police say they are reviewing surveillance video and don't have any witnesses at this time. >> based on what we saw with the victim's injuries it looked they were pretty significant and then so we'd have to believe that someone knew that they hit a person at that location. vanessa: police are asking for the public's help. if you saw anything suspicious in the area, call ames police or
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coming up tonight at 6:00, we will show you why one student says this hit and run is a good reminder for students to be cautious crossing at this intersection. live in ames, vanessa peng, kcci 8 news, iowa's news leader. stacey: new at 5:00, two women are arrested after four children test positive for meth. 29-year-old cristy clark and 28-year-old somer speer both face child endangerment charges. the newton daily news reports the women were arrested after the children ages 2, 4, 6 and 9 all tested positive for meth. clark is listed as caretaker for the 2, 4 and 6-year-old. speer is caretaker of the 9-year-old. steve: in union county, authorities say autopsy results on a 2nd homicide victim could take weeks. 37-year-old jerry dillinger is now charged with 2 murders. investigators found the 2nd body in a house near thayer. investigators say dilliger also killed his former sister in law loretta dillinger. her body was discovered in a farm pond one week ago. steve: fort dodge police are searching for a suspect who's
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23-year-old jordan foy is accused of firing a gun inside the dodger tap. an employee triggered a panic alarm. foy left the bar before officers arrived. nobody was hurt. stacey: governor branstad is now in the political record books. he's the longest serving governor in american history. the six term republican marked his 7,000:600:42nd day of -- 7642nd day of service as governor today. branstad now moves beyond former new york governor george clinton. next, what president obama says is the key to cutting off isis. steve: plus, the force awakens revealed to the world today. we get in on the action. stacey: but first the stage is set. republican presidential candidates prepare to debate
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the candidate gaining ground announcer: this is iowa's news leader. this is kcci 8 news at five with steve karlin, stacey horst and chief meteorologist john mclaughlin. steve: a big battle for the top spot. two polls now show ted cruz leading the republican presidential race here in iowa just 7 weeks before the caucuses. stacey: but across the country, most gop voters say they prefer donald trump. kcci's aixa diaz is live in washington. aixa, the candidates will meet on stage tomorrow night. aixa: republicans are holding
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tomorrow, as new polls show ted cruz gaining momentum. for weeks, donald trump has been at the top of the gop field. a new national poll keeps him well ahead of his opponents with 41% of support. >> it's the combination of his celebrity and his ability to play the press that i think has gotten him to where he is now. reporter: but in iowa, the first state in the presidential nominating process, ted cruz is picking up steam. >> who has the the right judgement? reporter two recent polls show : him as the favorite among likely caucus-goers, a third poll out today has cruz virtually tied with trump for first place. >> ted cruz knows how to play iowa, he knows he's sort of stoking the fire of the evangelical vote. >> i would say i have far better judgement than ted. reporter trump has started : criticizing cruz, after the new york times reported the senator predicted the collapse of trump's campaign during a private fundraiser last week. cruz, meanwhile, has refrained from publicly going after trump.
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the beginning, he's very very insightful about trump's power, trump's lead, and where he might be able to sort of move ahead of aixa: nine republican candidates will debate in prime-time tomorrow. chris christie is back on the main stage this time around. stacey: and aixa, today donald -- hillary clinton still leads the pack of democratic presidential hopefuls in iowa. a new des moines register/bloomberg politics poll has clinton at 48% support. vermont senator bernie sanders has 39%. and former maryland governor martin o'malley has 4%. steve: new at 5:00, president obama met with national security advisors today at the pentagon for a terror update.
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campaign against isis. the president did not announce any major strategy changes. the meeting comes after the president's announcement the u.s. is stepping up its campaign to destroy isis. >> as we squeeze it's heart, we'll make it harder for isil to pump it's terror and propoganda to the rest of the world. steve: critics have scrutinized the president's isis policy in recent weeks following terror attacks in paris and california. stacey: flags are flying half staff across connecticut today, in honor of the 26 people killed 3 years ago in the sandy hook elementary school massacre. it was 3 years ago today that a gunman killed 20 first grade students and 6 teachers after shooting his way into the school. he also shot and killed his mother inside their home, and killed himself after the rampage. steve: jurors in the trial of a baltimore police officer, charged in the death of freddie gray, have begun deliberations. the judge has told them to consider the evidence as long as they want. the jury began deliberating after hearing closing arguments from prosecutors and defense attorneys in the case against officer william porter. he faces charges, including manslaughter and assault, in connection with gray's death. gray was fatally injured while
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stacey: small drone owners will -- a flood warning is now in effect for parts of the raccoon river. stacey: when will the water hit the street? >> we are really expecting the water to rise in just a couple of hours. you can see beside me some of the standing water in the grassy area here. this is going to be spreading onto the avenue, crossing that causing the close from -- causing the close from mlbk parkway. the river level, we are told, is expected to rise from 19 point five feet by tomorrow. that caused water works to lower
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the city says it can take a couple of days for it to open if the water does spread out onto the street. i am told that could be saturday or even sunday. i think we all notice that the temperature is not usual for december. i am told that if we snowed -- not rain, but snow, we could expect three feet on the ground if it was snow and not rain. very interesting. we will check back with you a little later on. stacey: let's check in with meteorologist kurtis gertz. this is a mess. >> we expected a whole lot of rain. we got even more in some locations. the good news is the system is pulling out so we can finally dry out. temperatures have cool to 39 degrees. north to northwest winds at 15. look at some of these rainfall totals.
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ones. gold fields, over seven inches of rain from this system. grimes, over four. johnson over four. the official amount, 3.79 inches. any large river at their, middle, north, all rivers having flood warnings right now. the action here in the county not expiring until saturday. what a lot of water for this time of year. then you throw on the snow and this picture coming in, you can imagine what travel on the gravel is like with all the rain and snow on top of it. 37, cloudy skies at 10:00 p.m. patchy fog at 7:00 a.m. and 35 degrees. we stay above freezing so it won't get slick out there. by noon, 45 degrees.
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up and moves off. snow came down pretty briskly earlier today, now it is spinning off to the northeast. it is moving quickly because there is another system on the heels that will bring a wintry mix. temperatures in the 50's in indianapolis and st. louis. once that pulls out, this next system will move through. the difference is the system will not have all that moisture to tap into. maybe a little bit of snow in northwestern iowa. futurecast, cloudy skies, fog forming. the best chance of rain looks to be tuesday night. as we head into wednesday, not expecting a lot. we will see the clouds move out and some sunshine move and as
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temperatures tonight in the mid 30's. gusty, northwest winds early. patchy fog forming late. tomorrow, mostly cloudy skies. light rain after sunset. wednesday, 40 one. thursday, 30 four with mostly cloudy skies. sunshine friday, saturday, and more 40's next week. >> thank you. we don't have any accidents to tell you about, but let's remind you of the areas closed due to flooding. fluor avenue to the mlk parkway is closed. things looking good across the metro. look, moving along pretty well for a monday afternoon. stacey: we are following new developments right now. here is what we are working on for 6:00.
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the wacky winter weather we are seeing in iowa. plus, this is iowa finals week, always stressful on a college campus, but for one student, the stress of studying is nothing to very to what she's been through. the former foster child grew up believing she couldn't go to college. how she is proving herself wrong this week. >> another day, another honor for desmond king. we will tell you about his growing trophy case coming up at 6:00. >> coming up, president obama explains how the u.s. is striking back at isis.
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heart disease. asthma. diabetes. 7 out of 10 americans take prescription drugs. but in the last 7 years drugs prices have doubled. hillary's going to take on the drug companies. require medicare to negotiate lower drug prices. let people buy their prescription drugs from countries like canada at half the price. and cap monthly prescription costs for every american. the drug companies have been over charging long enough. it's time to fight back. i'm hillary clinton
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r: when the attacks come here... ...the person behind this desk
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will he be impulsive and reckless, like donald trump? will he have voted to dramatically weaken counter-terrorism surveillance, like ted cruz? will he have skipped crucial national security hearings and votes just to campaign, like marco rubio? 27 generals and admirals support jeb bush. because jeb has the experience and knowledge to protect your family. right to rise usa is responsible for the content of this message. steve: today in the buzz, the wait is over. "star wars, episode seven, the force awakens" has its world premiere tonight in los angeles. reviews should start pouring in. but it's already seen record breaking ticket pre-sales.
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friday. even the iowa dot is excited about the new star wars movie. stacey: one of the monday messages on the electronic boards over i-235 reads, the force is strong with you put down the phone. it's one of five around the state. like this one, road rage? let the wookie win. steve: and this one, awaken your inner force, focus on the road. stacey: check this out you can take lessons in being a jedi knight. star wars fans sweat it out at this light-saber fitness class in manhattan. practicing moves just like the light-saber battles from the movies in character, of course. steve: i don't know if that would reduce the fat, but it's worth a try. christmas is already next week. and today is expected to be the busiest mailing and shipping day with about 7 billion holiday packages, letters, and cards on the move. the u.s. postal service says it
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for its online services. 7 million customers are expected to visit the usps site. stacey: don't forget, toys for tots tuesday is tomorrow. bring a new, unwrapped toy to our studios in downtown des moines from 5am to 7pm. our address is 888 9th street. help make christmas special for a central iowa child in need this year. paris: there's a lot to do on a dairy farm. nobody's gonna do it for you. you have to get out there and do it yourself. bernie sanders is a well-known friend of family farms. bernie cannot be bought out by big money. bernie's opinion cannot be purchased. it's time for our next president to get in there, roll up his sleeves, take off the gloves, and take on wall street, take on big business, take on big money,
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he's a rock.
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stacey: breaking news, a former legislative clerk pleads guilty in a white powder scare. mccray admitted to writing a threatening letter and including white powder in the envelope. steve: that letter was opened in 2012 during an active session.
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